European Commission seeks input on Drone strategy 2.0

The European Commission is calling upon drone operators and other stakeholders who are active in the field of unmanned aviation to share their views on a Drone strategy 2.0 for Europe to foster sustainable and smart mobility. The roadmap is open for feedback for 4 weeks from 04 June 2021 to 02 July 2021.

The EU needs to ensure the safe and efficient development of a drone ecosystem. In its Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy, the Commission announced its plan to adopt a Drone strategy 2.0 in 2022 to develop drones into a vector for the smart and sustainable mobility of the future.

This initiative aims to enable drones to contribute, through digitalisation and automation, to a new offer of sustainable services and transport, while accounting for possible civil/military technological synergies.

“The development of drone (unmanned aircraft systems) services supported by a competitive industry can strongly support Europe’s twin transition to green and digital economy, and contribute to the post-COVID 19 recovery and the future resilience of the EU economy. From daily commuting, goods delivery to the proper functioning of global supply chains and the development of a wide-spectrum of new applications and services, drones are an enabler of our economic and social life. The European Green Deal, as the new growth strategy for the EU, calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as well as the development of digitalisation. In this context, the transport system as a whole should be made smart and sustainable, with the use of electrically and hydrogen powered aircraft. The Communication on the European Green Deal announced therefore a strategy for sustainable and smart mobility, which was adopted by the Commission in December 2020. In the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, the Commission announced its intention to adopt a Drone Strategy 2.0 in 2022 to reap the full potential offered by drones to contribute to the safeguarding of a well-functioning single market. Drone applications can also strongly contribute to the digital transformation of many businesses contributing to Europe’s Digital Strategy targets. Promoting civil/defense synergies in this critical technology field constitutes a key enabler to achieve these objectives.”

Feedback

This roadmap is open for feedback for 4 weeks. Feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative. The Commission will summarise the input received in a synopsis report explaining how the input will be taken on board and, if applicable, why certain suggestions can’t be taken up.

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Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager is the founder of Dronewatch (available in Dutch and English). Wiebe is an experienced drone pilot (RPA-L certified) and has published a number of books about drone photography and cinematography.

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